<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>(note: this post was originally a response to Spiderman's 4/10/2000, 6:43 AM post on the "Slowly, but surely" Thread (Zadok001 under General CPA Stuff. Go there to see what this is all about. ( http://www.magic-singles.com/cpa/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000263.html ) About halfway through, I realized that this is a more appropriate forum, so here goes.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> I remember that advertisement. I thought the same thing the Mundungu has stated; that it seemed really aggressinve at first. Truth be told, that's why I didn't show up for such a long time. It just seemed like a bunch of WotC-hating ranters who were especially pissed-off at teh introduction the "Classic" (who was that who kept calling them 666e?) Rules. Now, of course, I know that a variety of opinions are recognized here, and that this is a valuable forum indeed. The people here really do love the game, and want to see it go on living. (aside: I can't be the only one who's noticed how short-lived the posting stints of the juvenile jokers [*koff*-The Master-*koff*] are around here? I think that says something about the dedication level of the (almost) exclusively non-pro players we have here. My point? The CPA can be everything that everyone here wants it to be. I tend to shy away from using the word "activist" since I think that we should take a more...ambassador-like...approach to any direct dealing with WotC (and the Magic community). Sure, the last two sets have been good for the casual player. Actually, several of the more recent sets have had cards that seem aimed at casual - even multiplayer - play. This is what I think we all would agree to be a step in the right direction. So, has the "necessity" of the CPA diminished? That depends on what you think the CPA is for, whether it was really "necessary" to begin with, and what the current aims of the CPA are (who is to say that our goals cannot evolve?). That said, if there really is to be any sort of active relationship with WotC and the Magic community, then the CPA ought to get organized. I'm not advocating that we choose officers or anything, but if there was a system for airing our views to WotC, then we could be certain that this collective voice is being heard. Those views, of course, need not be consistent within our membership. The Voting Booth, for example, could be used to collect opinions and those findings could be reported regularly. I'm certainly not suggesting that we are doing anything wrong now, but whoever (apologies) referred to this site/forum as a "Coffee Shop" is really calling a spade a spade. That's precisely the atmosphere we have here. Casual, friendly, and unlikely to actually do anything. This is not a bad thing. There's no need for everyone to be an "activist" (much as I dislike the term) but there are those of us who do feel a need to communicate to WotC and the masses, and those people ought to be encouraged to do so. The crux is this: If the CPA is going to post to WotC and other sites, then there should be someone(s) to represent the collective voice, who is willing so see and offer the different points of view that out membership holds. We can be the Coffee Shop, and we can be the Player's Alliance to preserve the game as a Casual one. CPA, what say you?